A RARE AND UNUSUAL VICTORIAN SILVER-PLATE SIDE TABLE
The rectangular top with bevelled edges and rams’s-head and ring corner mounts, raised on four slender tapering legs joined by arched stretchers centered on a foliate finial, decorated throughout with dense embossed and chased flowers, leaves and foliate scrolls round a central field containing an heraldic lion and tendrils entwined round the legs, some restoration to the under-stretchers, rubbed through to the copper in places. Circa 1870
Footnote: Attributed to Giovanni Franchi and son of Clerkenwell, London. A table was made by this firm in 1868,which is exhibited at Victoria and Albert Museum.
in 18th century manner, the rectangular top with a leaf cast border, embossed with scrolls and flowers around a central panel engraved with a crest depicting a lion, the frieze with conforming embossed ornament on turned tapering legs joined by a shaped stretcher.